Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

RIP Eddie Ellison.

Yesterday (see prior blog entry) I wrote noting the linkage between the discovery of the DNA Helix/LSD and Eddie Ellison. A few hours after posting this I was informed by Clifford Wallace Thornton jr, via an email that we had lost Eddie to Cancer. (29 january)
This is a sad loss, to reform and in particular to New Zealand as Eddie had real insight into what's broken here and its not all 'drugs'. We have a police force whose 'drug arm' is deficit funded with a bottomless barrel and that is a recipe for policy and policing disaster.
I am moved to say... we lost a Friend of New Zealand.
Eddie was the former head of the Scotland Yard drugs squad, and UK director of LEAP There is a tribute to him on the Transform Blog here:
Also there is now a tribute on the LEAP.CC website.
Ellison recognises the international impact
of United States drug policies are the major obstacle to Europe's evolution to a
compassionate, supportive and educational approach. Eddie joined LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROHIBITION, because he believes LEAP presents a logical, experienced, respected, yet critical, view of American drug policy. The more he learn(ed) about the justification, implementation and impact of American drug policy the more he feels proud to be British and European. Eddie Ellison's Homepage
Blair Anderson
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